Outside workers’ strike draws closer – Metro US

Outside workers’ strike draws closer

Toronto’s 6,000 outside workers are inching closer to a strike, warning that key city services such as garbage collection will come to a halt if they walk off the job in less than two weeks.

“The public needs to know that a strike is very possible as things stand today,” Mark Ferguson, president of CUPE Local 416, said yesterday. “There’s been no progress.”

Blaming city negotiators for refusing to take more than 100 pages of concession requests off the table, Ferguson said management’s current approach will not result in a deal before the 12:01 a.m. deadline on June 22.

Besides garbage workers, the union represents those who work in parks, animal services and water treatment plants.

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